Pinocchio Co-Director Mark Gustafson Has Died at Age 64

Mark Gustafson, co-director on Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio, died on Thursday, February 1 after a coronary heart assault.

Information of the 64-year-old filmmaker’s loss of life was revealed by del Toro, who eulogized him on Twitter as a “true artist. I admired [Mark], even earlier than I met him. […] A Legend- and a good friend that impressed and gave hope to throughout him.” He went on to say Gustafson leaves behind “a Titanic legacy of animation. […] I liked having had the possibility to share time and house with him in the course of the highs and the lows. All the time and perpetually.”

Born on September 19, 1959, Gustafson began within the 80s as a PA for claymation animation Will Vinton. He’d go on to guide animation on 1998’s TV particular for the California Raisins, and which grew to become its personal present the next yr. His profession additionally consists of the short-lived Fox collection The PJs and the claymation sequences of Return to Oz, plus serving as animation director for Wes Anderson’s The Improbable Mr. Fox.

Although Gustafson had directed a handful of shorts and TV episodes, Pinocchio marked his directorial debut for a characteristic movie. The 2022 movie acquired widespread essential acclaim and would go to obtain nominations for Greatest Animated Movie in a number of awards circuits, together with the Golden Globes. It finally received the award on the 2023 Oscars, making it the primary animated streaming movie at each it and the Globes. Following his Oscar win, Gustafson revealed he was engaged on an animated collection known as Milepost 88 with ShadowMachine, a manufacturing firm that labored on the movie.

Like del Toro, ShadowMachine gave its personal assertion on Gustafson’s loss of life. Highlighting Pinocchio specifically, it mentioned his work “will perpetually echo within the halls of creativity. […] Mark was genuinely considered one of a form, and his absence might be deeply felt throughout our studio. We have a good time his legacy and the indelible mark he left on the world of animation.”

Gustafson is survived by his spouse, musician Jennifer Smieja, and our ideas exit to her and his different household at the moment.

[through Deadline]

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